Grateful Dead Live at Poplar Creek Music Theater on 1983-06-27
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Aud>Cass Master>C>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Ernie Dodd
- 2004-06-20 16:44:53
- Hofman Estates, IL
- Aud>Cass Master>C>DAT>CDR
Subject: My First Dead Show
35 years ago today!!
Happy Anniversary to me!!
This was also my first show, I was 11.
I remember it rained all day and cleared up just as my father and his friend Jimmy were loading me into the green Gremlin, remember those?
We got to the lot and parked right next to some friends of my dads. I remember my dad giving a guy dressed in overalls a ticket and the guy about exploded in glee, running and jumping around. We went in and the show started, I knew most of the songs having been exposed from birth.
I watched as guys were sliding down the mud path in the center of the hill. One guy got going and slide all the way down to the walkway were he slammed into a guy carrying a tray of beers. It showered briefly again in their location. A few minutes later both of them came walking together up the hill with new beers and smiles on their faces as they watched others.
I saw a completely naked woman dancing on the hill/lawn/mudpile.
I haven't listened to this copy completely yet, but I will soon.
I have an audience from my friend that he taped on an old F1 PCM machine and Sennheiser 441s front of the board in the shell.
Sounds pretty good, I wonder how this compares.
It will be nice finding out.
Subject: Poplar Poppin and Boppin
Now for the review...
This was my second show. I was about to enter my senior year in High School and was one of the North Shore "heads" who lived north of Chicago so this was right in our backyard. I was so stoked I splurged and bought second row seats from a scalper for the incredible sum of $40 each. We were about 10 feet from Brent. This was before the era of security barricades. The stage was not very tall so it felt like he was sitting next to us. When they came out to start, but before the first song, we keep yelling "Brent" until he finally acknowledged us. We were so excited, everyone around us gave out a cheer of appreciation.
'83 is one of my favorite years. This is a very solid, fun summer show. It's shows like this that made me a deadhead!
Anyway, for the show. Great Bertha to start out and the Phil Bombs combined with Mickey's precisely placed beats on the toms made it version worth hearing. Brent was on for Minglewood. One of the things I remember most vividly from the show was how transcendent and mesmerizing the Bird Song was. Mickey's was playing a constant beat with his left hand on the snare -- the drumstick was basically a blur. If you just listen you might hear a beat here and there but you don't realize he was filling in the whole time with this non-stop playing on the snare. It's his style but actually seeing it was an eye opener. As a musician, it was something that amazed me.
Great vibe on Bucket and Sugaree. Just fun to listen to.
Scarlet - Fire are solid. I vaguely remember Mickey playing a xylophone in the segue to Fire but I don't hear it on the recording so who knows but you can hear him playing an African drum during Fire. It's the drum that he can tune up or down by pressing it against his body while he plays the beats with a thin mallet held in the other hand. I am not sure it works better than him just playing his full set but it's important enough to note.
Things really start heating up with Estimated Prophet. By then it was dark and people were starting to get really loose and wild and dancing like crazy. It felt like Dionysian orgiastic frenzy as the crowd surged back and forth towards the stage. Everyone was in rapture as the band whipped us into a manic free-for-all. I was completely blown away.
The rest of it is solid and well worth a listen.
As far as this show and both nights here at Poplar creeke they were really ON PURE SMOKE.... Anyone rememeber the night before the shows here? Barry Manallow (not sure if spelled correct) played the night before. We got there very early in the afternoon after hitch hiking from St Paul the night b4. A few of us met up with this couple going to the Barry manallow show they had extra tickets and took us in with them. Needless to say we got them very stoned on the KIND bud
I loved this show and the sound here is good. These are can't miss shows
Subject: Poplar Creek Rocked
Subject: fantastic show
Oh, I also agree with the comments below about the Sugaree being comparable to the lake placid show later this same year.
The acid was clean and the band played with the audience to the best of their capabilities. I will never forget this show and the other Poplar Creek show. Scarlet Fire I was trippin my balls off andf a guy in front of us was painitn in a notebook as the music played, as if he were transposing the notes into some crazy type of language. Really, you had to see it to believe it, then he would turn the page of hid notebook and continue to scribble, or to groove his brush along with the music. This was back in the days when you could walk up to the 13th row and groove to the music while watching Jerry's fingers do their thing. The "throw me in the jailhouse" bomb was just that- like a nuclear bomb went off and they blew their magic so deep into my soul that I have never been the same since. I think someone got busted and the band knew about it.
There was no better time had by me at a Dead show that these two shows near my home town north of Chicago. Well, some I have better memories of, and had some amazing of times as, but this one will always be the show that truly popped my cherry and was the best trip I could have ever asked for that beautiful summer night back in 1983. Oh man, I would sell my soul to go back and do it all over again...hahaha...DIG THIS SHOW! IT'S THE REAL DEAL!!!!!
Subject: Better in person
It's still an enjoyable show.
Subject: heh, had an epiphany
Subject: Why isn't this one more "Poplar"???
Subject: Scarlet into Fire just RIPSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Subject: east coast
Subject: Another Neglected Classic
demons lurked on the periphery and awesome cosmic forces - not necessarily friendly - entered the musical arena. I presume much of this was due to heroin's increasing influence on Jerry.
Fine, fine stuff!
Anyone over 30 and living in the Chicago area will tell youhow much they miss Poplar Creek Music Theater. Its replacement - THE WORLD - or whatever it is they're calling it nowadays is without question the worst venue I have ever been to for multiple reasons...period.
Admittedly I am biased because this was in fact my first show ever. I still find myself coming back to it today because of the undeniable energy put forth from the band.
This AUD recording is not A+, but its not too shabby either. Worth having just to hear a tight band that was RIGHT ON that particular night.
Subject: Rowdiness at Poplar Estates
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